It Is Time…

I have mentioned to several friends over the years that US Corporations should take an aggressive stance in cleaning up the mess and corruption in Washington DC.  Corporations are huge, powerful, and command tremendous resources.  But no one, executive, or board member, takes a stance and makes the case for making the change and cleaning up the swamp.  The government beats them mercilessly, regulating and controlling many of their policies, practices, and financial operations*. But, maybe it is time corporations return the beating!

Here’s an opinion that suggests that it is time!

https://www.fastcompany.com/90803202/most-americans-think-democracy-is-at-risk-heres-6-ways-corporations-can-combat-that?utm_source=newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=FastCompanyCompass-Oct%2031,%202022&leadId=754620&mkt_tok=NjEwLUxFRS04NzIAAAGH0f7gaGgcQAed_txjScjW1c4qmlALf4aU3pBpywxyjAIJG8QbE_AYDqUn9yrNmKKqfwvxctNR2sGQiSVEGxIL9E-TGlrinrzQHdJk8Q

I happen to think the corporations have as much riding on having an honest, transparent government as the USA’s citizenry.

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*Corporations have in some cases caused that.

Applying Personal Judgment to influential Sources

… or being influenced without processing the information through your personal judgment.

A few days ago I listened to a nationally televised news program that highlighted the influence of talk radio shows. In recent years I had never given radio much thought. Most of my exposure to radio was/is while driving — music and some news broadcasts. The show went on to highlight significant talk radio personalities who remain highly influential with millions of followers.

The above is just and example of people who use the power of the media to sway and influence public opinion — people — individuals. And there many other people and forms of media that also influence opinion. And depending on your view that media content can be valuable or junk — either can be influential!

The point of this post is I feel far, far, far too many people are influenced with out looking at multiple sources that offer varied views on the subject. Far too many are influenced without doing their own research. Followers. With the internet widely available today, research is easy.

Influence absent personal Judgment — formation of mindless opinions often leading to bad decisions.

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Just plain stupid…

Just plain stupid…

In the category of dumb… I am reading about the president and Congress looking for ways to punish the Saudis and OPEC for the reduction in oil production. Let them do what they will.  Get your heads out of your bums and put your efforts into making the country energy independent. Will you ever learn?

Two Wolves…who wins?

One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. It is fear, anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, competition, and ego.”

“The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, sharing, kindness, respect, compassion, and faith.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

–Author unknown–

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Posing Wide-Open Risks to the Impressionable

Or, Social Media Responsibility (hint: there isn’t any.)

I support freedom of speech but I think social media platforms have an obligation to refuse to post content that can lead to or cause injury or death.  Laying it on the parents is only a partial solution.  Some kids, young “adults”, can misplace stupidity and adventure.

CNN  9.21.22

The FDA is warning about a rise in adolescents and young adults participating in dangerous social media challenges. One recent challenge posted on social media encouraged people to cook chicken in NyQuil and similar over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. “Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways,” the FDA said. The agency also pointed to a TikTok challenge daring people to hallucinate by taking large doses of the over-the-counter drug Benadryl.

The FDA cited reports of teens ending up in hospital emergency rooms or dying after participating. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents should talk to their children about social media dares and discuss them “calmly and without judgment” while encouraging them to think through any potential negative outcomes.

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Social media, it can pose wide-open risks to the impressionable.

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Thoughts on how to be a player in your business…

(Or, acquiring a “seat at the table”…)

On the way “up”, partner with managers and leaders of other functions in the business.

Look for opportunities to participate in multi-functional teams and projects.

Manager and Leader tool box

Safe guard the policies of the business; if you have international locations, know what policies cross the border (some do), which ones don’t, and understand and communicate the differences when appropriate.

Establish objectives and measure performance to set objectives. If you have multiple direct reports, manage accountability. Pay for performance. Compensation needs to be relative.

Provide alternative solutions to partners that have or create issues. The former, proactive, the latter reactive.

Be an aggressive communicator, speak up!

Understand basic planning tools and software. Use analytics to support your positions on varying issues and subjects.

Safeguard the company’s values and “take no prisoners” when it comes to zero tolerance.

Manager and leader behaviors are visible to others. A “player” develops these, and needs to be an example: Some are inherent, some acquired through experience: integrity, professional presence, passion, leadership, teamwork, courage, humor, humility, analytical ability, planning, problem solving, performance management, decision making, inclusiveness and respect for differences, kindness, open door, intellectual rigor, risk taking, perseverance, and patience. (Not an inclusive list)

In the end “you gotta want it’ but not so much it becomes a detriment to others. You can get there, reach you career objectives, without leaving a trail of peripheral damage.

Leave ego elsewhere. Replace it with confidence and well-tuned manager/leader skills and behaviors. Be an example, mentor and coach.

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How-to-get-better-at-speaking-up-in-the-moment

Many people can benefit from this one, from a Fast Company article August 16, 2022. Including myself !

By Stephanie Vozza (3 minute Read)

A lot of people struggle speaking up in the moment. Sometimes, it’s due to the fear of saying or doing the wrong thing and suffering repercussions. Or maybe it’s because they’re not prepared and are caught off guard in the moment. The problem with not pushing back is that you don’t address the problem, says Amber Cabral, author of Say More About That . . . And Other Ways to Speak Up, Push Back, and Advocate for Yourself and Others.

“Whatever the not-okay behavior, oppressive action, or inappropriate discussion may be, it will continue to go on,” she says. “It should be resolved or addressed by pushing back.”

Cabral defines pushing back as challenging an idea or position someone else had before. In the workplace, that can be something as simple as disagreeing with someone’s perspective. Or it could be a matter of trying to create space for your ideas.

“When you’re thinking about pushing back, that means that you’re trying to challenge something that has been presented that is inequitable or doesn’t consider all the information is available,” says Cabral.

How to Push Back

There is a wrong way and a right way to push back, says Cabral. “You may be living life through your eyes, but other people are experiencing it, too,” she says. “You want to recognize how things might land, because messaging that lands well is more likely to be effective.”

For example, if your ideas aren’t being heard and you’re not being given the space you need, Cabral suggests inserting yourself by asking a question, such as, “I can appreciate what you shared. Would you be open to a different perspective?”

“What that question does is it invites folks who are listening to say, ‘Oh, there’s another person,’” says Cabral. “They have to give you an affirmative or say no. When you pose a question, you’re ‘permissioning’ those who are in the room with you, asking them to shift to their listening ear. It’s also very non-confrontational; very inviting.”

Why It’s Important to Push Back

Pushing back is important for challenging things that are not equitable. You can make space for aspects of your identity that may not get the space that they deserve. A perfect example is that just five years ago, we were not having conversations about pronouns, says Cabral.

“The reason it’s happening now is that people chimed in and pushed back, giving us an opportunity to have a collective shift to our mindset and perspective,” she says. “Pushback is one of the ways that we move our culture, our identities, our communities—and our workplaces—forward because it introduces ideas that we may not have considered, and challenges us to be willing to evolve and shift to create more inclusive and equitable spaces.”

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Fail-Safe Culture

There is a lot out there on creating and maintaining a great work culture that attracts (welcomes my be a better word), retains, and develops the various generations (various age groups) in the modern professional work force. Hundreds or articles in many forms of media.

One thing that is a certainty — all levels of management and leadership in the business are responsible for the culture in the business. They set the policies and they are responsible for business performance and employee morale and opportunity, and maintaining an environment that is based on values and integrity. And more.

Trust, Communications, Tools

So over the years, despite experts’ opinions on the work environment expectations of different generations of professional employees, consider the skills needed by the leadership and management team to create and maintain a fail-safe culture, highly desired by any generation. So easy to list, so challenging to internalize in an organization:

  • A leadership/management team that is understands and is committed to culture
  • Values are foundation blocks
  • Communications (Listening)
  • Individual Performance
  • Team work
  • Inclusive work force
  • Professional Development
  • Internal and external Community
  • Opportunity and Growth
  • Technology

It is not an insignificant list, nor is it inclusive. And, it is no small accomplishment to build a leadership and management team to take a business to a fail-safe culture. And here is a list of many of the competencies that the leadership and management team needs to command. No small undertaking…

Accountability,  Integrity,  Humor, Kindness, Common Sense, Communications,  Flexibility, Dependability,  Adaptability, Professional Presence, Business Acumen, Leadership,  Intellect,  Passion, Humility, Compassion.

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